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One of Andy Warhol's Mercedes-Benz Silkscreens to be Auctioned

When pop-artist Andy Warhol died in February 1987 he left one of his biggest projects unfinished: a history of the automobile and motoring that traced a century of Mercedes-Benz cars.
Mercedes-Benz W 196 R Grand Prix (Streamlined Version, 1954) 1 photo
Titled simply “Cars”, the collection should have featured 80 different pictures of vehicles wearing the three-pointed star, but he only managed to finish 36 silkscreens and 13 drawings, all of them commissioned by the Stuttgart manufacturer to celebrate its centenary in 1886.

The first picture, depicting a glowing 300 SL, had actually been commissioned by a German art dealer, but when Mercedes-Benz saw the result, they ordered the entire series, which should have featured 80 pictures of 20 cars from their history.

Christie's just announced that the “Mercedes-Benz W 196 R Grand Prix (Streamlined Version, 1954)” silkscreen, part of the aforementioned series, will be offered by the Daimler art collection in an autcion on November 12.

The 14-foot-high work of art depicts the W196 Rennwagen in its streamline form repeated 12 times in different colors on the silkscreen.

The auction house says that the money raised from the auction will be used to secure the Daimler art collection's future in the long run. We can't disagree with that, especially since the painting is expected to fetch close to $16 cool million.

Story via ABC


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